Some history of Sherlock Street
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"The adjourned inquest on the body of the old woman, Lucy Petchey, who resided at No. 4, Ford's Buildings, Bishop Street, and who
was killed on Thursday evening, the 12th February, under circumstances which have appeared in the Post, was resumed yesterday afternoon, before the Borough Coroner,
at the Queen's Head Inn, Bishop Street. On Wednesday evening, the 1st of February, the husband of the deceased died, after being ill for some time. On the
following afternoon, the deceased, accompanied by a witness named Ann Rogers, went to the Parish Offices, Paradise Street, on matters connected with the funeral of
her husband. She left there, and again proceeded towards home, going down Lower Hurst Street. When she reached the bottom, she was run over by some vehicle, and killed
instantaneously. An inquest was opened, and several witnesses were examined with a view to show how she really was killed, but the evidence was of a very unsatisfactory
character, and the Inquest was adjourned for further enquiry. One witness, named Kibbler, said that about six o'clock on the above-mentioned, she was going along
Sherlock Street, near to the scene of the occurrence, when she saw a woman, who subsequently proved to be the deceased, appear to fall from a cart, which was approaching
rapidly from the direction of the Pershore Road. Several persons ran to the assistance of the woman, and discovered that she was dead. The body was removed to the footpath,
and Mr. Partridge, surgeon, Lower Hurst Street, was promptly on the spot, but pronounced life to be extinct. In cross-examination, the witness stated that she saw two
carts, one of which, approaching from the direction of the Pershore Road, and driven by a boy, appeared to go over the legs of the deceased, but the evidence of the
witness was not very clear upon that point, and she owned that it was only her impression. The horse driven by the boy was going at a very fast rate, he struck the horse
several times in succession when he appeared to have passed the deceased. He did not stop all, but proceeded in the direction of Balsall Street. The witness mentioned
one cart, the second one, as being driven by a man. and apparently going at a moderate speed. The driver, seeing the woman in the road before him, was enabled to stop,
on account of the slackness of speed, turned round, and proceeded up Lower Hurst Street, not at all touching the woman. Another witness, named Shephard, said she was
going along Sherlock Street, about the time mentioned by the witness Kibbler, when she saw the deceased fall apparently from the front of a horse attached to the cart.
She appeared to fall on her right side, and the horse was going very fast. The further evidence of the witness was merely a confirmation of the previous one. This
evidence was given before the Coroner, on Saturday, the 4th inst, at the conclusion of which he remarked to the Jury the necessity of having further enquiries made.
The further proceedings of the inquest were resumed at the above house, on Tuesday evening, the 11th inst., when it transpired that the police, who had taken the case
in hand, had no additional evidence to offer, and the enquiry was further adjourned till yesterday, when Police Constable Joseph Beckley stated that he had been
instructed to make enquiries concerning the driver of the cart, which the witnesses stated went over the deceased. Suspicion had been attached to a boy in the
employment of a butcher named Jennings, who was taken to the witnesses, as well the cart, but they could not identify either. No further information had been obtained.
The Coroner then carefully summed up, remarking the unsatisfactory statements of the witnesses, which he said, however, exonerated the drivers of the cab and the second
cab from any blame whatever in the matter. The Jury then consulted, and after a few minutes deliberation, returned a verdict of "Manslaughter against some person
"Fatal Accident in Sherlock Street?"
Birmingham Daily Post : February 22nd 1865 Page 3